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Plant and Soil Associations


This course kicks off with an orientation at the Doyle Center in Leominster, MA. and concentrates four full days on different landscape locations from Central Massachusetts to the North Shore. Classes will explore the relationship of geology and soils to plants and hydrology. Alluvial, glacial, and seacoast processes will be examined to analyze prevailing ecological factors such as site drainage, ecology, specific site soil potentials and restrictions. Techinique to observe microclimate factors and their affect site design and maintenance will be discussed. Using the power of observation, we will infer soil development, site hydrology and nutrient flow. Students will be able to outline potential sustainable planting plans and maintenance recommedations using native plants and controlling invasives at the end of this hands on course investigation. Individual transportation or ability to carpool will be necessary to complete the course.

Credits 1.5 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.
Fall, Spring, Summer


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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